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Comedy Show in Bradley Beach

  The Bradley Beach Arts Council will present Flighty Connection, a comedic solo show performed by Liz Days, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the banquet hall fire house as part of their 2015 free event series. “This program is pretty unusual for the Jersey Shore,” said Julia Rand of the Bradley Beach Arts Council. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it here.” The show which is written and performed by New York City actress, comedian, and playwright, Liz Days, and directed by Rachael Harrington, is about a passenger on a plane who meets seven other…

All That Jazz in Asbury Park

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce hosts Asbury Park Loves Jazz this weekend August 7 to 9 featuring Chieli Minnuci, Marion Meadows and EFX. According to Jackie Pappas, APCC Executive Director, the jazz weekend celebrates the jazz fan base from Absury Park to NYC and Philadelphia. “This is the perfect time to showcase our beautiful city. The revitalization that is underway on Springwood Ave and throughout our city from the Westside to the Boardwalk will be celebrated through music; Afro-Cuban Latin jazz to contemporary artists in the spotlight of today’s jazz, Asbury Park will once again have it all,”…

Anti-Hunger Coalition Forming in City

  By ED SALVAS Believing there are too many hungry people in Asbury Park, Trinity Church and the Environment and Shade Tree Commission are organizing a citywide effort to get more fresh produce to the people who need it. The program is called the Anti-Hunger Coalition and according to Tom Pivinski, head of the ESTC, the plan is to expand the Community Garden, located behind city hall, to other parts of the city where empty lots are available to start small neighborhood “farms” to grow things. Noting that hunger is a companion of the poor, Pivinski announced the proposed Anti-Hunger…

Ocean Grove Chamber Chief Retires, New Director Welcomed

  By DON STINE Lois Hetfield, the Executive Director for the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, is stepping down from her post after 14 years on the job. “I have very mixed emotions. I have loved this job for 14 years and enjoyed working with everybody. It was a big decision to step down but running our many events does eventually take its toll,” she said. So Hetfield has decided to pass the torch on to a younger person, namely new Executive Director Rebecca Cavanaugh, who is 35. She began her new job this week. Cavanaugh, who lives in Deal,…

Johnny Mac and City at Odds

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In the next month or so, the owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits said he expects to file legal papers against Asbury Park for holding up his expansion plans. The city Planning Board recently would not give John McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac, approval for Phases 2 to 4 to complete an Irish Village-like design that includes a beer garden until he removes the bric-a-brac — arguably what makes the Main Street tavern stand out — from outside walls and widow coverage. So, McGillion said he will go to court once the Planning Board decision…

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Learning About Civil Rights

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The third annual Urban Youth Civil Rights Education Initiative for Asbury Park middle school-age students kicks off Friday, Aug. 7. The group will watch a film on the 1955 beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement — specifically about the white-on-black murder of Emmett Till, 14, in Mississippi and Rosa Parks, a black woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white person in Alabama. A discussion will follow. Friday’s event is at 9 a.m. at United Methodist Church at the corner of Third Avenue and Emory Street. Participants must be pre-registered or register…

Owner of Daycare Center Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

  The owner and operator of an Asbury Park daycare center and pre-school pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to charges related to fraudulent contracts to provide services for city preschoolers, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Sylvia B. Brodrick, 59, of Shadow Lawn Drive in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Reisner to two counts of second degree Making False Material Representations in Performance of a Government Contract. At her plea, Brodrick admitted to fraudulently receiving more than $40,000 under two contracts with the Asbury Park Board of Education (APBOE) by…

New Director at Asbury Park Music Foundation

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation Board of Trustees is excited to announce that Matthew J. Hockenjos has been hired as the new Executive Director. As Executive Director, Hockenjos will be responsible for administration of program operations, marketing, fundraising and implementing the strategic plan. Hockenjos attended Rider University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit organizations and the entertainment industry. While in school, Matt worked in marketing and promotions for radio and television companies including Townsquare Media, 95.9 WRAT, VideoHelper Production Music and MTV Networks. Hockenjos was retained by the Asbury Park Music Foundation…

Good Weather Equals Good Business

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There seems to be a greater number of people visiting the Asbury Park area this summer — perhaps because of the good weather, an improving economy, publicity, things to do. But whether businesses profited from this seems to be the type of businesses being discussed. “I think more people are here,” said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce. “If you go out on a Saturday or Sunday, you can’t even park.” Kay Harris, owner of Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall agrees. “Even during the weekdays, a lot of people on…